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For a less conventional Madrid freebie, however, consider paying a visit to the Spanish capital’s Congreso de los Diputados.
The Congreso de los Diputados is a democratically elected body, 350 members in total, and is Spain’s legislative branch of government. Elected members attend sessions in an impressive neoclassical building near the Carrera de San Jerónimo.
Take note of the intricate, carved marble facade of the Congreso building. It depicts allegorical figures like Justice, Fine Arts, and Spanish Valor as they uphold the Spanish Constitution.
The Congreso is open to the public every Saturday morning, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (closed most Saturdays in August). 50 visitors can visit the building at a time.
Guided group tours (groups up to 55 visitors) are available Monday through Friday, and must be arranged in advance.
Check out the Congreso de los Diputados’ website for more information about arranging a visit.
See it in action!
If you’re in the mood to do more than simply tour the building, why not attend one of Congreso’s plenary sessions? Spanish politics in action? For free? Sounds good to us! (Just make sure you reserve your place one week in advance.)
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